'Glitz' blitz at Community Projects (copy)

Barbara Dellacella and her daughter, Jenna, try to decide which one of them should take a scarf home while shopping the “Puttin’ On the Glitz” sale at Community Projects in 2016.

The volunteers of Community Projects (CP) of Napa are hard at work organizing their annual autumn sales extravaganzas: Puttin’ On the Glitz and Treasures of Christmas Past.

Puttin’ on the Glitz, featuring jewelry, furs, hats and handbags, as well as men’s, women’s and children’s attire, takes place on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Treasures of Christmas Past” — a sale of “everything Christmas” — is scheduled for two days, Nov. 4 and 5, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Throughout the years, the CP volunteers — sometimes called “the queens of recycling” — cull from donations for these special sales, which raise thousands of dollars for the group’s philanthropic works.

Community Projects, founded to provide support for Great Britain at the outbreak of World War II, now uses the proceeds from its thrift shop and special sales to fund scholarships and grants for local schools and non-profit projects. To date, Community Projects has given more than 12 million to Napa Valley charities, said Gaylon Kastner, chairwoman for this year’s “”Glitz.”

“It has been 20 years since we began to save the best of the best furs and clothing items, new shoes, purses, exquisite leather coats, men’s tuxedos, hats and extraordinary jewelry items and other high end fashion pieces for this special event we call “Puttin On The Glitz,” said Gaylon Kastner, chairwoman for this year’s “Glitz.”

Both events have become popular traditions and even vacation destinations for shoppers, who begin lining up outside the shop at 715 Franklin Street as early as 7 a.m. and by the time the doors open, the line can go around the block.

Once inside, they find the space is transformed into treasure-seekers’ heaven.

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“The beauty of our sale draws savvy shoppers who are seeking great bargains,” Kastner said. “It is hard to believe that it can get any better but we always outdo ourselves. The sale gets better with each new year. The secret to our successful sales and merchandising is our dedication to pricing the items to sell, even the ones that would cost much more elsewhere. Many customers come from all over Northern California and beyond to do their holiday shopping early.

Amber Vick and Suzanne Reilly-Kampton are co-chairwomen for the November “Treasures of Christmas” sale, which features trees, wreaths, toys, ornaments, heritage linens, hand-made items, and holiday decor. While the merchandise varies from year to year, there is always an abundance of holiday decorative items for not only Christmas but also Hanukkah, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

“It takes 365 days all year, and if it wasn’t for these amazing women of CP that help during this time, we couldn’t get it done,” Suzanne Reilly-Kampton said. “I feel it’s the most rewarding attempt to make Christmas special for our community. There’s a lot of happy faces that experience the treasures of the gifts & decorations our customers find here.”

“Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers and staff we are able to pull this off without a glitch,” Kastner added. “Come join in the fun and help us to raise money for non-profits in the Napa Valley.”

The Thrift Shop has new cash registers that now accept most major credit and debit cards.

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